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Apollo (for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble)

By Brian Balmages

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Soprano saxophone - Grade 6
Composed by Brian Balmages. Solo/ensembles. Canzonique Music. Score only. Full set (score and parts) also available: CM7004. Score only. Duration 12 minutes, 30 minutes. Published by Canzonique Music (FJ.CM7004S).

Item Number: FJ.CM7004S

This concerto for soprano saxophone and wind ensemble is based on the tragedy of the Apollo 1 mission, in which a fire swept through the command module during a preflight test on January 27, 1967. All three astronauts onboard were killed, including Gus Grissom, the commander. This work makes extensive use of contemporary sounds and effects, seeking to portray the events of that day as experienced by Grissom himself (the work is dedicated to the memory of Grissom). Absolutely stunning writing for both soloist and ensemble, this work is a wonderful addition to the repertoire.